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Spring Fling Boasts to Keep Calm and Hygiene On

In a day of celebrating hygienists, there was a lot to be learned and not just from the information presented by our speakers although they had plenty to share. For example, choosing to use the word “elder” instead of “elderly” completely changes the context of how we view the aging population, that of respect rather than someone who is old and frail. Or that new products like probiotics and vapor cigarettes are entering the dental conversation. And of course, the celebration in realizing that hygienists don’t have to use “plastic” instruments around implants!

Yes, there were many precious morsels of information offered but this year’s Spring Fling Hygiene Expo experience really validated its’ theme…Keep Calm and Hygiene On. While there were many first time “Flingers”, the event flowed well and the returning attendees helped lead the way to the routine of the day. The familiarity of their favorite five minute massage and returning vendors as well as a few new ones left most very comfortable, including the coveted door prize tickets in hand and ready to go.  

But, an unexpected change in the process was the elimination of the PINK CE CARDS. The CE reporting procedure for Oklahoma dentists and dental hygienists has changed. Out the window goes predictability and in came chaos, but if only for a brief moment. I learned that even though many didn’t like the new system, they respected it. I admire the patience of those 250 hygienists (and our staff) while trying to figure out the best way to work this new system. I remember looking back at the long line to sign in and sensing my own panic and need to be on time, I quickly changed gears. And changed them again, and again. And it will be different next time too. But we all kept calm. 

We love hosting this event every year and especially love seeing those smiles. Another addition this year was a raffle drawing raising money for a good cause.  As a result, hygienists raised $900 for OkMOM. Dr. Robin Henderson matched the attendee’s contribution making it a total of an $1800 donation to the charity. Congrats to Melanie G. for winning the new operator stool donated by Crown Seating. There were a lot of winners this year, and above are just a few photos of their calm, smiling and appreciative faces.



Comfy and Cozy at the Fall Fling Pajama Party!

From the Editor...A cold front whipped into Oklahoma just before our Fall Fling Ultimate Pajama Party, so it made it that much easier to roll out of bed and show up in our very warm and fuzzy pajamas! Of the 200 hygienists who attended this year’s event, a good majority of them wore something we might only otherwise see in the comfort of their own home. There were curlers, teddy bears, sleeping bags, footed pajamas, robes and lots of fuzzy slippers.

Dr. Mary Hamburg presented her lecture on Practical Perio, which reviewed helpful, practical tips when dealing with perio patients today. Nancy Miller, RDH,BS spoke on The Joy of Ultrasonics. As she stated in the beginning of her lecture, just like the book The Joy of Cooking, ultrasonics have come a long way since the early 70’s. It is important to realize that the theory behind why we use ultrasonics and the substantial improvements in its technology gives us so many more options when planning patient care.

Overall, the meeting was a success! We appreciate your constant feedback so we can continue to provide meaningful continuing education courses and networking opportunities. We look forward to seeing you in the Spring!

SFHE - MAY 3rd, 2013!!



Spring Fling Hygiene Expo 2012 Hits the Jackpot!

Our fifth annual Spring Fling Hygiene Expo did not disappoint. The casino-themed one day seminar hosted nearly 400 dental hygienists for a second year in a row. It has become a remarkable event that truly celebrates dental hygienists.  This “For Hygienists Only” event has become the place to be and this year was no different.  Every year we are surprised by your enthusiasm and we want to continue this tradition of creating a great place for dental hygienists to network, learn, and most importantly feel a little pampered by your biggest supporters Dr. Robin Henderson, Dr. Chris Poore and Dr. Mary Hamburg at the Oklahoma Center for Implants & Periodontics. 

Our featured speaker, Ms. Betsy Reynolds, RDH, MS presented Headliners: Breaking News and Its Effect on Health Care  which covered many current dental, medical and other scientific breakthroughs that directly affect patient care.  The interactive seminar allowed participants to explore all information sources and see what is relevant in the dental world today.  The afternoon sessions featured two of our specialists, Dr. Poore and Dr. Henderson.  Important updates and case presentations were discussed in Oral Pathology Updates  followed by a Perio review and Q & A session in It’s All Perio Related.

At any moment, laughter came roaring from the CE room down the hallway while a few hygienists enjoyed a brief massage or a little shopping in the vendor area. Yes, it was a tight space and yes, there were long lines for the bathroom and lunch. But all in all, there were many smiling faces from so many colleagues thrilled to be networking, shopping, relaxing and learning.

The door prizes were a big hit again this year with over 40 winners! Congrats to Mary Carol who won the grand prize…a trip for two to Las Vegas!

Several people thanked us for all we do for Oklahoma dental hygienists...as one person stated on the survey when asked what the best part of this meeting was, “that you care”.  We do care! I was most struck by the woman at the end of the day who told me that in 34 years she had never met a doctor who is so supportive of us [hygienists]. It made her, “...excited to go back to work, excited to be a hygienist.”

It is with great pride that we are able to continue this Spring Fling tradition and hope you feel revitalized to go back to work on Monday and continue to make a difference for you and those around you.  We are elated that so many of you had a great experience. We were only sorry we couldn’t give everyone a trip to Las Vegas.  Thanks to everyone.

 Mark your calendars and watch for information on our Fall meeting scheduled for October 5, 2012!
 


Surprise Turnout for Third Annual Fall Fling 2011

People ask what the difference is between our Spring Fling and Fall Fling.  It is simple - the costume contest.  Oh, how they love the costume contest!  This year’s costume contest did not disappoint - GAMEDAY GEAR!  There were mostly familiar colors like crimson and cream, orange and black, and Thunder blue.  A few less familiar team colors made an appearance as well like area high schools and other college teams.  A few professional team jerseys were scattered throughout the audience too.  Overall it is just fun to see how far YOU will go.

Alisha Spiwak stepped up her game by dressing in both OU and Thunder paraphernalia but she didn’t stop there.   She also wrote and performed a cheer for the audience!  Needless to say, she won the Most Spirited award along with several other contest winners.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the costume contest and especially in our game “Pin the Ball on the Athlete”, it was a lot of fun.

Other obvious differences for the Fall Fling meeting are no vendors, no massage therapists, and no BIG door prizes.  Nevertheless, our mission remains the same - to provide an affordable, quality continuing education course i

n an environment that encourages networking among fellow hygienists.  And you keep coming! We had a record attendance of 165 for this meeting, twice as many as our last fall meeting.

As always, we want to continue our mission.  If you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to share it with us.   Congratulations to all our costume contest winners but most of all for continuing your dental hygiene education.


Dr. Robin Henderson and Dr. Chris Poore presented Spring Fling 2011

Four years ago, Dr. Robin Henderson started the first Spring Fling Hygiene Expo for his “favorite people”, dental hygienists.  No one could have predicted that this annual one day continuing education event would become such a hit among Oklahoma dental hygienists.  Over 400 registered this year making it our biggest meeting to date.

The conference held on March 25th at the Reed Center in Midwest City is intended for “Hygienists Only” and an excellent opportunity to receive quality continuing education for a reasonable price. It is a unique networking opportunity with colleagues but also appeals to those who like to have fun while learning.

This year we had three different speakers covering three different topics. Tricia Osuna, RDH, BS, FAADH was our key speaker in the morning. Her course titled Save me ~ Save you! Ergonomics and Effective Patient Care focused on ergonomics in the workplace and its impact on repetitive motion issues. Dr. Chris Poore spoke on Dental Ethics after lunch and Dr. Robin Henderson gave a local anesthesia review.

Of course there was plenty of shopping from our dental and non-dental related vendors not to mention the ever popular onsite chair massage therapists offering a little pamper time. 
 

This was probably our biggest year for door prizes and a huge hit!  Hygienists chased staffers down to make sure they received a door prize ticket. Two tickets to the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game, two tickets to see RENT in Tulsa at the Hard Rock Casino and the grand prize given away at the end of the day was an iPad.  There were over 350 sad faces at the end of the day when Madeline Dooley from Alva walked away with the coveted prize.

Participants rave about our event every year and we love that.  When asked about the best part of the day, many described it as an entertaining and educational event that was well organized, and informative.  Catching up with friends and most importantly it was focused on dental hygienists.

Given the success of this event, the pressure is on to make the Spring Fling Hygiene Expo 2012 a spectacular one. Stay tuned for more information. Contact Dawn Wilson, event coordinator, for any further questions – dawn@okperioimplant.com.


Dr. Robin Henderson and Dr. Chris Poore present Spring Fling 2010

The third annual Spring Fling Hygiene Expo was yet another success.   This year we tried a new venue and The Reed Center came through providing more space for the nearly 190 participants registered with more vendors and door prizes than before. 

Our guest speaker Lory Laughter, RDH discussed Inflammatory Diseases: It’s Not Just About Perio Anymore.  Lory is a practicing hygienist of 16 years, a consultant, writes a column in RDH magazine titled, “From the Edge”, founder/owner of Dental IQ, thought leader for Hu-Friedy all while raising nine children and volunteering with other various charities. 

Of course, the majority of those attending raved about Dr. Henderson and his afternoon Perio update, Back to the Basics.  Our goal is to make this meeting for hygienists only and keep it a relaxed yet informative atmosphere.

Plans are under way to bring you the next event on March 25, 2011.  Keep watching for the announcement and registration. 

We want to continue bringing interesting newsletters and events but we need your feedback.  Please send your address changes, questions and/or comments to dawn@okperioimplant.com.  Looking forward to another great meeting and seeing you there!


Breakfast at Henderson’s, September 2009

Once again the Fall breakfast meeting at Remington Park did not disappoint.  For those who attended the Spring Fling in May, they received a special invitation for a free CE themed Breakfast at Henderson’s

Eighty hygienists came and many dressed the part wearing tiaras and pearls.  For the three best dressed, Sara Lyon, Deana Smithblond and Alisha Spiwak, they were surprised with little blue boxes, a genuine gift from Tiffany’s!

Dr. Chris Poore started the meeting with an overview of grafting procedures.  Only hygienists can eat breakfast and see surgery pictures and not bat an eyelash.

Our featured guest speaker, Pam Hughes, flew in from California, “the fire capitol of the nation” as she named it, to a very cloudy and cold morning in Oklahoma. 

She spoke on Women’s Aging Complexities and the Oral Health Connection.  She covered such topics as heart health, cancer, diabetes, the affects of aging and osteoporosis to name a few.  Helpful information for us given most attendees were women but also helpful to share with the females in our life.  Thanks to Crest/Oral B’s Jimmy Simms and Janelle Ware for helping us make the presentation possible.  Kori Levine won the door prize donated by Crest/Oral B, a Smart Guide electric toothbrush.

Dr. Henderson is listening and is not done supporting his “favorite dental people.”  We are planning the Spring Fling on May 7, 2010 at the Reed Center in Midwest City.   


Dr. Robin Henderson Presents Second Annual Spring Fling ‘09

After last year’s successful Hygiene Expo, we were anxious to host another great meeting but we could not have imagined the response we received.  On May 1, all records were broken when registration nearly doubled from last year to almost 350 hygienists from all over Oklahoma.  The event was held in Oklahoma City at the Cox Convention Center with twice as many vendors, massage therapists, door prizes and of course, informative continuing education courses.

Our featured morning speaker Noel Kelsch, RDH discussed Meth Mouth and Other Dental Care Considerations.  Many attendees appreciated the “new topic” but especially the speaker’s enthusiasm and passion.  Written survey responses were very positive stating, “Noel was great, very easy to listen to!” and “an eye-opening experience” regarding the effects of meth not only physically but also emotionally.  She captivated the audience with her personal stories which she intertwined with pertinent clinical information the participants could apply at home or in their practice. 

In the morning session and during lunch prizes upon prizes were given away.  Door prizes ranged from $10 gift cards to tickets to The Lion King and the grand prize a new 26” plasma television.  Congratulations Brenda B. for winning the TV!

In the afternoon session, Dr. Henderson had the opportunity to shed a little more light on the Perio Protect Method and why it is so important.  While many hygienists have seen the ads in magazines and on TV, not many were familiar with how it is changing the way we treat periodontal patients today.  Many hygienists left thankful feeling they were armed with “new” information they could use.

As always, Dr. Henderson wants to bring his “favorite people”, dental hygienists, together for an informative and fun day to reconnect with colleagues or perhaps meet new ones.  Our intent is to give you a forum through the annual hygiene expo, newsletter and website focused on what is important to you and your practice.  Your feedback is pertinent in providing you with valuable information.

We still had to turn some away this year so we are in search of a new venue to accommodate a bigger meeting for next spring.  All survey feedback is taken into consideration, thanks to those who let us know what we are doing right and how we can do better.  Some participants responded about the best part “The presenters Dr. Henderson chose for the 2 Spring Flings.  Exceptional.” And “You always do above and beyond.  I appreciate it so much.”

We appreciate your support.  If you attended this year’s Hygiene Expo, be on the lookout for a special ‘invitation only’ CE this fall. 


Perio Boot Camp

If you attended the Spring Fling Hygiene Expo you were eligible for a real treat, Perio Boot Camp at Remington Park. On September 12, approximately 80 hygienists gathered for a free CE hosted by Dr. Henderson. He discussed many topics important to hygienists today but mostly focused on the relationship between malocclusion and periodontal disease and how they directly affect each other.

Invisalign representative, Deanne White, gave a presentation demonstrating how correcting malocclusion dramatically changes a patients periodontal situation. The pictures explained it all.

The case types and difficulty levels Invisalign doctors are challenged with today are not the same as they were a few years ago. What we thought were “too difficult” for Invisalign are in fact becoming very common and truly successful.

We were reminded that one of the many obligations as a hygienist is to discuss occlusion with our patients. We sometimes assume a patient won’t consider ortho or perhaps financially not able to do it, yet it is still important to educate them just as we do with oral hygiene products, restorations, oral cancer, blood pressure, etc. Make it a part of every conversation.

Of course, all work and no play makes for a boring day. Going with the “Boot Camp” theme we asked attendees to don their favorite camouflage and boy did they show up in full gear, some with original war equipment from military family members. It wasn’t easy but we selected two winning groups.

Brianne Carter with Dr. LaBahn’s office and Abbee Geissler from Dr. Shafer’s office, both in El Reno, had matching outfits with an original idea of a floss necklace as their dog tags. 

Dr. Pat Woods hygienists won Best Team. Marty Stoddghill, Nancy Jarman and Susan Shelden were really decked out in camo including just about anything dental hanging off their uniforms like prophy angles, toothbrushes, forceps, even a partial for a little bling!

Congratulations to them and all the other door prize winners. Dr. Henderson’s staff appreciates all the positive feedback we received and look forward to more fun CE courses in the future.

 


First Annual Spring Fling Hygiene Expo – April 11, 2008

Dr. Robin Henderson successfully hosted his first annual Hygiene Expo for over 190 dental hygienists at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City on April 11th.  The meeting was designed to celebrate dental hygienists, be informative and fun.  It did just that!  Because of the overwhelming positive response on his first try, Dr. Henderson will continue to host this annual event every spring for all hygienists.

Our featured morning speaker, Anne Guignon, RDH, MPH spoke about The Epidemics.  Both physical disease and social phenomena create epidemics that transform how we practice.  She helped participants develop effective diagnostic and communication skills to deal with a diverse set of issues as well as identifying effective ways to work with some of the century’s most complicated patients.

Hygienists were most pleased with Anne when she gave everyone a large bag of her favorite products to play with.   In addition, one of Anne’s favorite things to do is raise money for local charities while traveling cross country.  This trip to Oklahoma was no exception.  Donations were accepted for a chance to win an Orascoptic Apollo portable LED headlight.  The audience raised $1285 for “The Toothfairy Campaign,” part of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, for Oklahoma children.  Congratulations to Charisa Winfrey from Edmond who donated $25 and won the prize. 

After lunch, Ricky Williams gave a presentation discussing the advantages of Arestin and how to incorporate it in patient care.  Later that afternoon was Ask the Expert question and answer session with Dr. Henderson.  Participants were able to anonymously write questions that he answered in front of the audience.  We put those Q&A’s on this website under the FAQ section if you are curious.

All learning aside, many hygienists had an opportunity to reconnect with former colleagues and friends.  Most didn’t expect all those door prizes, the majority of which were non dental related.  The grand prize at the end of the day—an iTouch donated by Dr. Henderson!  Congrats to Jennifer Striegel - the lucky winner!  It was a fun filled informative day with the longest line not at the ladies restroom or the buffet but rather the free head/neck massages during lunch.  It was overall a positive experience for all who attended.  Thanks to everyone who made this such a great success. We look forward to celebrating again next year.

 


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